A Dark, Dark Man is proving to be his most acclaimed film to-date. He received the Achievement in Directing in the 2019 APSA; he was named Best Film Director at the 2020 Kinoshock Film Festival in Russia with Daniar Alshinov winning the Best Actor; he won the Best Director from the Kazakh Independent Critics’ Choice Film Award also in 2020 where the film also bagged Best Drama Film, Best Actor, Best Actress, and Best Cinematography.
Yes, it seems to me that with all the cynicism of the narrative, with all the cynicism of the protagonist, the thing that really makes filmmaking worth the effort is a sort of faith in something good, some kind of deep-rooted and hidden humanity, that we find in the hero. Despite the fact that Miranda rights sound absurd in the film, and this is ridiculous even for the main hero, there is still, somewhere, this quixotic feeling that there must be some kind of justice in the world, some kind of utopian ideal.
The notes are excerpted from the director’s interview with Olya Sova published in barbican.org.uk regarding the film.